Mammal Curator
Nashville Zoo - Nashville, TN

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Organization: Nashville Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Nashville, TN, United States
Job or Internship: Job
This position is responsible for all aspects of management of the mammal collection at Nashville Zoo. Reporting directly to the Zoo President, the Curator of Mammals assists with animal acquisition, husbandry programs, daily maintenance, development of Keeper routines, animal enrichment, behavior, exhibit design and staff selection and staff training and development. This position is part of the Animal Management Team and partners with the Operations, Veterinary, Education and Administration departments.

Nashville Zoo continues to grow at a rapid pace and includes the development of a 42 acre $100M plus African exhibit. We are looking for a qualified candidate accomplished in progressive exhibit design, staff development, and animal training to supervise this exciting undertaking.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Department Management
• Develops animal management protocols and is directly responsible for the management of the overall mammal collection.
• Participates in the development of new facilities and implements improvements to existing facilities.
• A member of the Curator, Education, Veterinary, Operational and Management team for Nashville Zoo.
• Assists in the development of husbandry and enrichment programs for mammals.
• Ensures compliance of all zoo, USDA, AZA and TWRA policies.
• Develops area annual budget and operates within budget parameters.
• Plans for, manages, and develops assigned staff. Recruits trains assigns and supervises the Leads and Area Supervisors
• Participates in scientific meetings, conferences, and workshops pertaining to the species under the charge of the curator. Authors papers and presents lectures on husbandry and conservation issues.
• Interacts with other zoological institutions and conservation organizations regarding the progressive care, husbandry, and conservation of the species under the Curator’s care.
• Assists in the development and training of all animal care staff members under the responsibility of the Curator of Mammals.
• Interacts locally, regionally, and globally in conservation issues and programs concerning the species under the care of the Curator.
Financial Oversight
• Reviews, recommends and monitors annual budget for the Mammal departmental expenses
• Manages based upon these budgets and takes corrective action when necessary to ensure that approved budgets are not exceeded
Personnel Management
• Plans for, manages, and develops assigned staff
• Recruits, trains, assigns and supervises Leads and Area Supervisors
• Ensures that performance of all department personnel is reviewed regularly and new staff are selected and appropriately trained
• Identifies opportunities for staff growth and development, and assists staff to take advantage of these opportunities
• Ensures consistent compliance with Zoo policies
External Relations
• Represents the Nashville Zoo before other zoos, conservation societies, professional and educational organizations, the media, and federal and state agencies to present the Zoo’s position on animal management and conservation issues in a well-informed, positive and responsive manner
• As appropriate, takes a leadership role in professional organizations
• Writes articles and makes presentations to these bodies
• Works with Development and Marketing, and other staff, to provide technical input into educational programs and communications to the public
• Assists the Zoo as requested by serving on Zoo-wide committees, teams, and task forces, and meeting with and touring special guests and visitors
Performs other duties as assigned to meet the goals and mission of the Nashville Zoo.
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to manage a large and diverse staff
• Ability to give clear oral and written guidance to employees
• Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, and holidays
• Ability to obtain a valid Tennessee Driver's License and to operate a motor vehicle
• Ability to operate a personal computer and other basic office equipment
• Excellent organizational skills
• Excellent public speaking skills
• Ability to represent the organization and to maintain professionalism in various situations
• Thorough knowledge of training and care techniques with various species
Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Biology, or a related field
• Training in the collection, care and conservation of exotic animals.
• Minimum ten or more years experience in the collection, care and conservation of exotic animals
• Minimum five years experience in the management capacity
Physical Requirements:
• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
• Ability to work indoors and outdoors in temperatures ranging from below 20 to above 90 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity
• Ability to walk up and down stairs, bend down, ambulate quickly
Background Check:
Applicants for this position are required to submit to a criminal background check and pass a drug test.
Qualified candidates submit resume and cover letter to:
or via mail to:
Mammal Curator position
Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211
No phone calls please

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